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 Angus McNaughtan  (1899 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: New York / Scotland      Known for: city genre, marine and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biographical information on Angus McNaughtan is submitted by Candace Cawley-Koch, granddaughter of the artist.  Information on formal training and special awards was obtained from Angus McNaughtan’s wife, Isabella, and daughter, Isabel Cawley, prior to their deaths in 1982 and 2005 respectively.  Art organization memberships and gallery affiliations were obtained from published materials, such as exhibition and art school brochures, newspaper articles, and gallery exhibition notices.

Angus McNaughtan was born in Glasgow, Scotland May 30, 1899, and died October 23, 1977 in Mahopack, New York.  He married Isabella Robertson, and they had two children: Angus “Sonny” McNaughtan who died at age four, and Isabel Mary McNaughtan, who married Lt. Colonel Richard Andrew Cawley (Air Force).  Isabel and Richard Cawley had two children, Richard Angus Cawley and Candace Cawley-Koch.  

The McNaughtan family lived in an apartment in the Bronx on Townsend Ave. until 1948. McNaughtan’s works from the 1930’s and 1940’s depict genre scenes and activity inside their home and on the street below their Bronx apartment, along with portraits of friends, neighbors and family.

In 1933, McNaughtan won first prize for best oil in an outdoor show in Greenwich Village with his portrait of Louie (boy in a rocking chair).  In 1934, McNaughtan placed 10th out of 25,000 participants in a statewide competition.  Also in 1934, his painting, Isabel, was selected for exhibition in the Wanamaker Regional Art Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting.  He exhibited two paintings, Man with Guitar and Sadie, in the third annual National Exhibition conducted by the Municipal Art Committee in New York City.  This exhibition was held in the galleries of the American Fine Arts Society*, 215 West 57th Street, during July of 1938.  By invitation, McNaughtan donated work in 1940 to the blind auction for Finnish Relief, chaired by Fiorello LaGuardia and held in the Grand Central Galleries in 1940.  While a student at the Grand Central School of Art, McNaughtan had his work selected for inclusion the school’s brochure.

A 1948 article in the Villager, Greenwich Village, NY, citing an exhibition at the Eighth Street Gallery describes McNaughtan’s work in the following excerpt:

"A beautiful sense of grace and motion  is caught in the work of Angus McNaughtan, a well-defined  oil entitled Rehearsal.  His four figure studies are aptly expressed in the poised expectancies of young earnest devotees of the dance."

In 1948, McNaughtan, his wife, daughter, and son-in-law purchased a home on 223rd Street, Bayside, Queens, NY (Across from Douglaston on Little Neck Bay).  An unused boathouse on the property served as McNaughtan’s studio.  His marine paintings of the 1950’s are from those years at Bayside, NY of the Little Neck Bay and Crocheron Pond areas.  A few paintings are views from the window of his studio.  He loved sailing, boating and crafting miniature sailboats for the grandchildren to sail on the pond in Central Park.

In 1961 McNaughtan and his wife moved to Brooklyn (Flatbush area) to be within walking distance of the marina where his boat, Bella II, was docked.  As his health deteriorated, he and his wife moved to Mahopac, New York to be near their daughter, Isabel, and son-in-law, Richard.  He died in 1977 while living in Mahopac.

Glasgow School of Art-Student
Grand Central School of Art*-Scholarship Student
National Academy of Design*-Student
Art Students League) - Instructor

McNaughtan was President of the Bronx Artists’ Guild 1930-1935.  His Paintings sold at Eighth Street Gallery, 33 West 8th St., New York City.  His Painting, Ram’s Head, hung in the National Academy of Design.

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